Conductor Gustavo Dudamel, 26, spent 2007 captivating audiences and future collaborators on both coasts. Here, he leads the New York Philharmonic in November in his official debut as guest conductor. A few weeks earlier the Venezuelan's appearance with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra produced near-hysteria at Disney Hall, where he'll take over in 2009, succeeding Esa-Pekka Salonen as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
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